Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church

Worship Focus for
December 9
Second Sunday in Advent

"Actively Waiting for Peace"
Rev. Hardy H. Kim, preaching

As we make our way closer and closer to Christmas we can feel our anticipation growing, can’t we? The miracle of Jesus’ birth in the world, the celebration of old traditions, the warm gatherings with family and friends – and, yes, the presents! Whatever it is we’re hoping for, the season of Advent is a long period during which our expectations can grow large. This might even lead us to feel a little disappointed when the Christmas celebrations actually roll around. It’s hard to have reality live up to the flights of our imaginations!

One of the things we’re taught to expect in the Christmas celebrations is the coming of peace to our world. Take a look at the world around us. Do we really expect that? What does it mean for us to light a candle in the name of peace this Sunday? And what about our declaring Jesus Christ our Prince of Peace?

As we worship on the second Sunday of the Advent season, we’ll think about what it means to wait for peace in our world. Come be a part of worship and share with us in the waiting and expecting of Advent.


P.S. Be sure to join us after 10 a.m. worship for our annual Soup and Sing, or at 6:15 p.m. for our Community Advent Dinner!
Theme for Sunday

Even if you think you’re not going to necessarily win the fight today, in your lifetime, in your child’s lifetime, you still have to fight. It’s kind of selfish to say that you’re only going to fight for a victory that you will live to see. As an African-American, we stand on the shoulders of people who fought despite not seeing victories in their lifetime or even in their children’s lifetime or even in their grandchildren’s lifetime. So fatalism isn’t really an option.

-Ta Nehisi Coates

Questions for Reflection

  • Think about a situation of conflict or brokenness in the world that causes you pain or trouble.
  • Can you imagine that situation being transformed into one of peace? What would have to happen for peace to replace that conflict?

Luke 1:68-79

‘Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
  for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them.
He has raised up a mighty savior for us
  in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
  that we would be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.
Thus he has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,
  and has remembered his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our ancestor Abraham,
  to grant us that we, being rescued from the hands of our enemies,
might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness
  before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
  for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
  by the forgiveness of their sins.
By the tender mercy of our God,
  the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
  to guide our feet into the way of peace.’

Luke 3:1-6

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”